Robert Burns Supper, 2010

Does everyone know what a Burns supper is?

(Go ahead, check out the link, I”ll wait.)

The description is pretty dry, but let me tell you about the Burns supper my parents host every year.

It started because they needed a theme for a party, to avoid it being classified as a housewarming party. It was such a success that they didn’t throw it again for 15 years.

(They were busy, or something.)

They’ve thrown one at the end of January for the past few years to rave reviews. I meant to document this year’s for this blog, but only managed to grab a few pictures of the prep work with my camera.

Here’s the menu:

Haggis (not the real deal, Mom mixes ground lamb with a bit of ground liver, plus oats, spices, beef broth and a splash of whiskey)
Tatties & Neaps (mashed potatoes and turnips)
Courgettes (zucchini, this year mixed with mushrooms)
Baked ziti
Hot roast beef with au jus

Dessert was a boozy trifle, rice pudding, and assorted other sweets.

The dinner starts with everyone showing up and flooding the kitchen. We’ve tried to get people to go into other rooms, we’ve put food and drink into the living and family rooms and no dice. Everyone stays in the kitchen, which is where we’re trying to finish pulling the dinner together.

When the haggis is ready, Mom brings it into the dining room, accompanied by Dad and bagpipes playing on CD. Dad says the Selkirk Grace, followed by the Ode to a Haggis.

Then, we eat! People mingle, and eventually dessert is served. After that, there’s poetry. Most people bring a verse or two and some people even bring guitars and sing.

Here is a picture of the massive quantity of tatties & neaps that Mom and I prepared, plus some shots of the haggis making proccess:






January 31, 2010. Uncategorized.


  1. carin replied:

    next year, next year…I will make the pilgrimage

    • sarahdares replied:

      And it will be spectacular 🙂

  2. Howdy « Sarahdares replied:

    […] I had brought home a bunch of leftovers from the Robert Burns supper and thought I’d put together a sort of shepherd’s pie with some haggis, […]

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